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ALL CANDIDATES MUST FILE APPROPRIATE PAPERWORK AND A CAN-12 STATEMENT OF ECONOMIC INTEREST

(links to all paperwork are at the bottom of this page, note, most forms are double-sided.) 

MAJOR PARTY CANDIDATES FOR LOCAL OFFICES:

Major party candidate declarations for local offices for the 2018 Primary Election will be accepted in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office in Goshen from 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 through NOON on Friday, February 9, 2018. 

The CAN-2 declaration must be accompanied by a CAN-12 Statement of Economic Interest. 

If not signing in front of the Clerk, the paperwork must be notarized before it is submitted. 

The 2018 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. 

CANDIDATES FOR PRECINCT COMMITTEEMAN (DEMOCRATIC PARTY):

Democratic party candidate declarations for Precinct Committeeman for the 2018 Primary Election will be accepted in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office in Goshen from 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 through NOON on Friday, February 9, 2018.  (The Republican party will file for Precinct Committeeman in 2020.)

The CAN-37 declaration must be notarized if not signing in front of the Clerk. 

CANDIDATES FOR STATE CONVENTION DELEGATE FOR THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PARTY:

Candidates for Republican and Democratic State Convention Delegate will file declarations in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office in Goshen from 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 through NOON on Friday, February 9, 2018

The CAN-37 declaration must be notarized if not signing in front of the Clerk.

MAJOR PARTY CANDIDATES FOR FEDERAL, STATE, JUDICIAL OFFICES, OR PROSECUTORIAL OFFICES:

Candidates for Federal, State, Judicial Offices and for Prosecutor file at the State level. 
Candidates who must obtain petition signatures must be careful to meet the appropriate deadlines for submission and certification of their petitions with the appropriate County Voter Registration Office before filing the paperwork at the State level. 

For details about required paperwork, and where to file for these offices, please see the 2018 candidate guide here

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES:

Candidates for School Board must file a CAN-34 petition AND a CAN-12 Statement of Economic Interest with the County Voter Registration Office not earlier than July 25, 2018, and not later than noon, August 24, 2018, for verification of petition signatures.  Both forms must also be filed with the Circuit Court Clerk on or before noon on August 24, 2018.  Plan accordingly to ensure that you are able to have your petition signatures verified in a timely manner to meet the deadline for filing paperwork in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office by noon on August 24. 

If not signing in front of the Clerk, the paperwork must be notarized before it is submitted. 

INDEPENDENT OR MINOR PARTY CANDIDATES:

Independent or minor party candidates must obtain signatures of registered voters in the election district the candidate seeks to represent.  A petition of nomination (CAN-19) must be signed by the number of registered voters equal to 2% of the total votes cast for secretary of state in the 2014 general election in the election district the candidate wishes to represent. (See 2014 Elkhart County election results for the Secretary of State via link at bottom of this page.)

For a petition of nomination to be accepted for filing, the county voter registration office must certify whether each person who signs the petition is a registered voter in the county and district the candidate seeks to represent.  This certification must accompany and be a part of the petition of nomination.  (Certification is on the reverse side of the CAN-19 petition.) 

The CAN-19 must be accompanied by a CAN-20 Consent form, AND a CAN-12 Statement of Economic Interest. 

If not signing forms in front of the Clerk, they must first be notarized before being submitted. 

All paperwork must be filed with the voter registration office for signature verification no earlier than January 10, 2018 and no later than noon, July 2, 2018. 

After signatures are verified, all paperwork must then be filed with the Circuit Court Clerk before noon, July 16, 2018. 

WRITE-IN CANDIDATES:

A person who wishes to be a write-in candidate for a local office must file a CAN-3 Declaration of Intent to be a Write-In Candidate AND a CAN-12 Statement of Economic Interest with the Circuit Court Clerk's Office no earlier than January 10, 2018 and not later than noon, July 3, 2018

If not signing forms in front of the Clerk, they must first be notarized before being submitted. 

Write-in candidates' names are not placed on the ballot.

CANDIDATE WITHDRAWAL:

A candidate who wishes to withdraw their declaration and to remove their name from the primary election ballot must file the CAN-10 withdrawal form with the Clerk of the Circuit Court before noon, February 12, 2018.  If not signing in front of the Clerk, the form must be notarized before being submitted.

CANDIDATE CHALLENGE:

In order to challenge a candidate who has filed to be placed on the primary election ballot, a registered voter of the election district the candidate seeks to represent must file a CAN-1 challenge form with the Circuit Court Clerk before noon, February 16, 2018.  A hearing before the county election board will then be held to determine the validity of the challenge. 

FORMS:

CAN-2 Declaration (for major party candidates, other than candidates for the Town of Middlebury)

CAN-16 (for candidates of the Republican, Democratic or Libertarian party for the Town of Middlebury)

CAN-10 (candidate withdrawal)

CAN-19 (petition of nomination for minor party or Independent candidates)

CAN-20 (Consent of Independent or minor political party candidate (must accompany the CAN-19 AND the CAN-12))

CAN-3 (Declaration of intent to be a Write-In Candidate)

CAN-12 (Statement of Econominc Interest) - required for ALL candidates (except State Convention and Precinct Committeeman) and must accompany the appropriate delcaration or petition paperwork.   

CAN-1 (Candidate filing challenge)

CAN-34 (Petition of Nomination for School Board Candidate) - must be filed with the CAN-12 Statement of Economic Interest

CAN-37 (Declaration of Candidacy for Precinct Committeeman or State Convention Delegate)

Results of the 2014 Secretary of State race for Elkhart County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Information

2018 Elections 

2018 is a Countywide Election Year, and the Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. 

Local candidates wishing to file for offices on the Primary Election ballot can do so at the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk between January 10, 2018 and noon on February 9, 2018.  The full list of offices to be on the ballot can be found under candidate info.

 

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